Scania aims to drive sustainable mobility in rapidly growing cities with the clever, cost-efficient bus systems offered through its bus, coach and services offering.
Efficient public transport is essential for sustainable cities. Future mobility requires an understanding of the complexity of urban planning, as well as solutions that both increase bus use and decrease operating costs.
Scania’s services and solutions for public transport are tailored for all urban centres, including emerging markets and fast-growing smaller to medium-sized cities that are just developing their infrastructure. With bus solutions typically less expensive than a tram or subway, Scania’s approach is to prioritise cost and CO2 efficiency, as well as user-friendliness, quietness and safety.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems are the most cost-effective way of serving growing populations. Bus Systems by Scania include a toolbox that combines biofuel-ready engines, power electrification and bus systems. We can provide full-scale BRT solutions that transport 50,000 passengers per hour and per direction, as well as systems for lower capacities.
Our turnkey solutions include vehicles, automatic fare collection systems, fleet management systems, and consultancy services for improving traffic flow and the development of infrastructure investments, as well as vehicle service and maintenance. Starting in 2015, the city of Accra in Ghana will launch its 250-bus BRT system, which is fully supported by Scania.
Buses on the road
In cooperation with Belgian bus builder Van Hool, Scania in 2014 introduced the high-end gas-propelled Exqui.City. Meanwhile, a pilot scheme involving buses running on biogas was launched in Brazil. In the same year, the Scania Citywide LE was launched. The vehicle’s Euro 6 powertrain can run on up to 100-percent biodiesel.
Our collaborative approach includes working with city planners to better understand traffic flows and how a shift to bus systems can be achieved. Importantly, public transport needs to be appealing, and we are engaged in discussions regarding how to trigger a societal shift towards public transport and how to make such systems more attractive to bus riders.
As part of its growth strategy, Scania aims to nearly double sales of buses by 2020. Sales of buses currently represent eight percent of net sales.
CASE: STOCKHOLM’S GOLDEN ARCH
Scania is currently involved in a large infrastructure project in Stockholm, Sweden, aimed at addressing the city’s growing problem with traffic jams. Working together with construction firm Skanska and engineering firm WSP, Scania has proposed a cutting-edge public transport solution involving extending transport links to suburbs to the city’s north and south. This would involve an arch-shaped array of roadways and tunnels
The concept would contribute to Sweden’s 2030 ambition of a fossil-free vehicle fleet and promote sustainable transport solutions. Smart super-bus systems are a strong feature and would primarily involve double decker buses that can be connected together to form a train on wheels, transporting over 250 passengers.
An ongoing information campaign is targeting city planners, national politicians and the general public.